1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar

From tip to tail, this spiffy old Mustang is completely original. It's got the check in the finish just as you want to see, the Daphne Blue getting darker and a hair into turquoise as it ages, the supremely-playable C-shaped neck, cozy and cute 24" short scale length, and the sound.

The pickups are basically flat-poled Strat types but when mixed with the shorter scale they get a relaxed, chunkier, mellower sound blended into that Fender chime and sparkle. If you like the "Fender thing" but want it to chord-chuck and strum a little bit more like a Gibson, this is the sort-of guitar for you. I've always been a fan of Jaguars and Mustangs -- they're compact and you can get around on them like a sports car and they do thins you can't get out of default guitar models like Teles or Strats.

Anyhow, this one came in on consignment and was already playing more-or-less decently. Ancel gave it a fret level/dress and setup and I tweaked a few things in final setup and now it's playing bang-on and sounds just like you'd expect! I'm pretty sure it's wearing a set of 50w-11 gauges at the moment but when I've owned these guitars I often bump them up to 12s because I love the way the whammies handle with heavier gauges.

Repairs included: a fret level/dress, cleaning, and setup.

Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz

Scale length: 24"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

Neck shape: medium C

Board radius: 7 1/4"

Body width: 12"

Body depth: 1 3/4"

Body wood: likely poplar

Bridge: original (with a couple of removable ferrules added to shorten travel)

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: maple

Pickups: original greybottoms

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16” overall (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 50w-11

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-smaller

Condition notes: it's completely original and in good order throughout. The switches were a little scratchy at first but have been sprayed-out and are working as-intended. It has finish weather-check throughout the body and a little checking at the headstock. There are no major scratches, bumps, nicks, or dings -- though there are a smaller clusters of tiny scratches around the strap buttons. Of course, there's usewear, but it's light.

It comes with: an original hard case in excellent condition.


CM said…
Identical to my first “real” guitar!! ( the first actual being a single pickup Teisco tulip). I got the Mustang and a Magnatone MP-3 both for $165 from a newspaper ad. That and a Creedence Clearwater Revival song book and I never looked back. What a great treat to see this guitar!